Deep In The Heart of Texas
This year marks the 175th anniversary of Texas independence. Did you know Texas became its own nation after it won independence in 1836? The new nation was officially called the Republic of Texas and lasted almost ten years. The Lone Star flag was created in Montgomery County and was adopted as the official national flag. Texas even had foreign diplomats and its own embassy in London before it was annexed into the United States in 1845.
Learn more fascinating facts about Texas history with these titles:
- Texas : A Compact History by Archie P. McDonald
- 13 Days to Glory : The Siege of the Alamo by Lon Tinkle
- Lone Star Rising : The Revolutionary Birth of the Texas Republic by William C. Davis
- Lone Star Nation : How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence -- and changed America by H.W. Brands
Now that you've read up on Texas history, go visit these free events and reenactments taking place in our area of the state:
Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site on February 26-27 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This two day event features period actors, a reading of the Texas Declaration of Independence, free entrance to the museum, craftsmen, musicians, firing demonstrations, and a Texas-sized birthday cake.
San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment on April 16th in LaPorte from 10 AM to 6 PM. This reenactment is the largest in the state, complete with horses, cannons, and pyrotechnics. Annual attendance is around 20,000 to 30,000 visitors for this event.
The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park Dedication & Unveiling Ceremonies in Conroe on April 21st at 5:30 PM. Montgomery County is the birthplace of the Texas flag. This park will honor the heritage of that flag and twelve other banners that helped shape the history of the state. The park is set to open with a celebration and official unveiling on April 21st, the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto.